Published in DASH #06 - Living in a New Past
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AmersfoortA.H. van Wamelen

In 1918 a retired teacher and an ex-professional soldier founded a ‘middle-class housing association’, which they named Frisia. Their aim was to introduce a new form of living, whereby likeminded people were housed in compact, yet comfortable and relatively low-cost dwellings. The target group was ‘educated and cultured, including retirees, who wished to continue to live as cultured and educated people even after the considerable shrinkage of their income’. The association commissioned architect A.H. van Wamelen (1885-1962) to produce a design for 41 dwellings on a site at the foot of the Amersfoortse Berg, which had been under development as a high-quality residential area for some time. Central to the plans were a number of collective amenities, such as a central laundry area, and a manager and a house-keeper for heavy work. The design sketches were published in Wendingen in 1920 and captioned ‘communication homes’, an allusion to the project’s ambitions…